16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney online driving holiday planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour website .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
On the 30th (Mon), hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Spas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 1st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane route maker site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Brisbane by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for little chillier days in Brisbane, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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